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Tunisia president extends coronavirus lockdown -statement

Tunisia's President Kais Saied gives a speech at the government's swearing-in ceremony at the Carthage Palace outside the capital Tunis, Tunisia February 27, 2020. Fethi Belaid/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

TUNIS (Reuters) - Tunisia’s president extended on Friday a coronavirus lockdown, with the government to announce later the extension period, a presidency statement said.

This is the second extension of the lockdown which started March 20, as Tunisia is struggling to stop the spread of the coronavirus with more than 822 infections and 37 deaths declared.

Reporting By Tarek Amara; Editing by Chris Reese

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